Researchers around the globe want to investigate the minute structures of materials and their transient behaviors. The X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL) Project is doing its part by accelerating electrons to 99.9999 percent the speed of light in a system that spans a length of more than 600m. The joint project between the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute and RIKEN, another Japanese research organization, measures oscillation and other parameters with a Tektronix RSA6114A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer, which provides both speed and memory capacity. The Tektronix analyzer will be used on the 60 klystrons which should begin operating in 2010.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
Highly regarded engineer and physicist Ransom Stephens speaks with Design News about his extensive science and engineering background, the serious yet funny study of neuroscience, and how one primes their brain for innovation.
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